January Book of the Month Pick by Catherine Cottam

Book of the Month: January 2017

WHO:              Brené Brown

WHAT:            The Gifts of Imperfection

WHERE:          Amazon.com

WHEN:            By January 27, 2017

WHY:              I was first introduced to Brené Brown during my time as a graduate student while working on my M.A.Ed. in School Counseling. I don’t remember exactly who introduced me to her work or why, but I know that I was hooked from the moment I saw her first TED Talk.  When she spoke about shame and vulnerability, it felt like she was looking straight into my soul.  During my most recent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), we had the opportunity to watch one of Brené’s talks and it made me want to re-read her books again.  I haven’t read Rising Strong, but I have read I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.  Joanne and I initially decided to read ITIWJM, but we were both finding the subject matter really heavy and difficult to get through, which isn’t a problem I remember having the first time.  We decided that instead we would read the much shorter The Gifts of Imperfection and it has been a wonderful choice.  It’s a much quicker and easier read and we think you will all really enjoy it and connect with it.  We wanted to go ahead and let you know it would be our first book so that you could buy it from the bookseller of your choice or request it from your library in time to read it by January 27, 2017 as that is when we will do our podcast episode about it.

HOW: Here’s a worksheet to help you out! –> goireadingcompanion and don’t forget to complete the assignment for January!  We’ll check back in with those in the podcast about The Gifts of Imperfection.

Assignment for January
Make an “ingredients for joy and meaning” list.  This should be a list of specific conditions that are in place when everything feels good in your life.  Compare it to your to-do list and your to-accomplish list.  It may surprise you.


Brené’s Bio from her website says:

“Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.

She is also the Founder and CEO of The Daring Way andCOURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations ready for braver living, loving, and leading.

Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers.

Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.”


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